Posted: Jul 6, 2010 1:57 PM by Kate Mundy
Updated: Jul 6, 2010 1:57 PM
New information: St. Martinville Police Officers tow away a stolen Chevy Malibu parked in front of the Cypress Garden Apartments, possibly used by the shooting suspect. He's still on the run. Meanwhile, the victim has been identified as 29 year old Labrandis Collins Batiste. The mother of two was taken by force in front of her two young sons. She was shot and left to die in a St. Martinville field.
From Earlier: Officers with the St. Martinville Police Department responded to a call of gunshots at an Apartment Complex on Cypress Island Road at about 0541am this morning. Upon arrival Officers discovered a female in an open field behind the complex, the apparent victim of a gunshot. This victim was transported to a Lafayette hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival. Investigators believe the motive was Domestic related, as the victim had a Protective Order in place against this suspect, Paul Stanley Collins Jr.. It appears to Investigators that this suspect forced his way into the victims apartment and left with her at gunpoint. Investigators are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of this suspect, Paul Stanley Collins Jr., to call the St. Martinville Police Department @ 337-394-3001 or 911. Collins is considered to be Armed and Dangerous